15 Foods Americans Love to Hate


Every country has culinary oddities, but there’s something uniquely fascinating about the foods Americans can’t stand. These foods have earned a special place on our “no thanks” list. Here are 15 of the most commonly despised foods in the U.S. according to Allrecipes, complete with the reasons why and some fun facts that might change your mind (or not).



These tiny, salty fish generally divide the room. Some people love the intense flavor of pizza or Caesar salad, but the strong, fishy taste is too much for many. Their oily texture doesn’t help their case, making them a top contender on the list of hated foods. 

Black Licorice


Black licorice has a taste that people either adore or loathe. Made from the licorice root, it carries hints of anise and fennel, which many people find unappealing. Although it offers some health benefits, black licorice is typically one of the last candies picked from the bowl.



Their slimy texture and salty flavor can be a hard sell. Eating them raw is an adventure only some people want, and the fear of food poisoning doesn’t help their reputation. It’s a love-it-or-hate-it situation with these shellfish. Even when cooked, their chewy texture and strong taste continue to be divisive.



Beets are praised for their nutritional benefits, but their earthy taste can be a dealbreaker. The deep red color and firm texture don’t appeal to everyone, especially those who feel like they are eating dirt. Despite their health perks, beets are often pushed to the side of the plate. 

Blue Cheese


The pungent aroma of blue cheese is enough to turn many people away. Its moldy veins and sharp flavor are acquired tastes that only some acquire. While it’s a hit in salads and on cheese boards, blue cheese usually ends up on the list of foods to avoid. Even among cheese lovers, this strong-tasting variety can be a hard sell.



Its slimy texture is the main reason it’s disliked by many. Often used in soups and stews, its gooey consistency can be unpleasant. Its unique mouthfeel keeps it on the “no thanks” list for many. Efforts to reduce its slime through frying or pickling have yet to convert all skeptics.



Used to add a punch to dishes like pasta and fish, they can be too overpowering for some. Capers are small, pickled flower buds with a robust and tangy flavor. Their salty taste is a hit or miss, making them a controversial ingredient in many kitchens. 

Brussels Sprouts


Brussels sprouts have long been the poster child for hated vegetables. Their bitter taste and pungent smell don’t favor them when cooked. Despite recent efforts to make them more palatable with roasting and creative seasonings, many still avoid them. 



Its crunchy texture and distinct licorice-like flavor are only for some. The unique profile means it is a love-it-or-leave-it ingredient in salads and seasoning. Its presence can be too bold for some palates, even in small amounts.


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While they are a fundamental part of Mediterranean dishes, many dislike them. Their salty, briny flavor and occasionally mushy texture can be unappealing. Green or black olives are regularly removed from meals by those who find them uninviting. 



Many people love mushrooms for their umami flavor, but their spongy texture is a dealbreaker for others. Eating fungi can be unappetizing, and their earthy taste isn’t always appreciated. Even their appearance can be a deterrent for some.


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For some, Cilantro adds a fresh, citrusy note to dishes, but it tastes like soap for others. This strange phenomenon is due to genetic differences in taste perception, making Cilantro a highly controversial herb.


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This tropical flavor is not loved by all. Its fibrous texture and distinct taste can be off-putting. While it’s a staple in many desserts and dishes, coconut is continually on the list of foods people prefer to avoid. Even products like coconut water and oil are not exempt from this aversion.


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Pickles are cucumbers preserved in brine and vinegar, resulting in a sharp, tangy taste. Their intense flavor and crunchy texture are only for some, and those who can’t stand them frequently pick them off sandwiches. The bold taste easily overwhelms more subtle flavors.



Mayonnaise is created using eggs, oil, and vinegar and has a creamy texture and tangy taste, which can be polarizing. Despite being a staple in many dishes, it often ranks high on the list of foods people dislike. Its inclusion in dishes such as potato salad and coleslaw can deter some individuals.


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